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Notes: Southern Miss vs. Tennessee

Nov. 4, 2017

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Southern Miss Postgame Notes

Southern Miss at Tennessee

Nov. 4, 2017

 

General
* Tonight’s Attendance – 95,551. It was the eighth-largest crowd that Southern Miss has played in front of in its history.
* Captains – 2 Keon Howard, 26 Jeremy Sangster, 32 Xavier Thigpen.

* Southern Miss wins toss and deferred to the second half. The Golden Eagles kicked off and defended the north goal.

* The Golden Eagles were limited to their fewest points since being shutout in the 2014 season opener at Mississippi State (8/30).

* The Golden Eagles were charged with a season-high 14 penalties for 120 yards, their most since having 16 for 135 against Troy in 2016. Tennessee had all three of its penalties in the fourth quarter.

 

Offensive Notes

* Korey Robertson caught a career-long 70-yard pass in the second quarter, which setup the first points for the Golden Eagles in the contest. It also marked the longest pass play surrendered by the Volunteers who started the day No. 1 in pass defense.

* Robertson ended the night with eight catches for 122 yards, his third game over the century mark this season. He had career-highs of nine catches for 127 yards two weeks prior at Louisiana Tech.

* With his 20 carries in the game, Ito Smith moved into a tie for third on the Golden Eagle career chart with 736 carries, moving ahead of Ben Garry (723/1974-77) and matching Sammy Winder (1978-81).

* Southern Miss was held to its fewest yards (279) since recording 242 last season at LSU (10/15).

 

Defensive Notes

* Southern Miss allowed just 210 yards of offense, its best-such showing in a road game since holding UCF to 208 in 2008.

* Allen Fails got his first sack of the year, teaming up with Jacques Turner on the stop. He had one tackle on the season entering the day.

* Jacques Turner had a team-high 1 ½ sacks, giving him four on the year (most on the squad).

* Tennessee recorded just 14 first downs, the third time in four games the Golden Eagles have allowed 15 or fewer.

* The Vols had 115 yards through the air, the third-fewest Southern Miss has given up this season. It’s the sixth time that an opponent had less than 200 for the game.

 

Special Team Notes

* Parker Shaunfield collected a 27-yard field goal midway through the second quarter, making his ninth attempt in a row dating back to the UTSA contest.

* Zac Everett tallied his second 60-plus yard punt of the season with a 60-yarder early in the third quarter. His career long is 62 yards against Southern (9/9).

 

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